In the Waiting Room, Spiritual Growth, This Odd House the Book

Island Time

“Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” –William Faulkner  Our official wait for our daughter Amelia began on an island. The island of Great Chebeague, off the coast of Maine. In the summer of 2006 we mailed our… Read More Island Time

Parenting, This Odd House the Book

Daryl’s Story: When God Calls

This precious kid turns six on Sunday. So today it seems fitting to share a bit of his God story with you. A longer version is also the next chapter in the This Odd House manuscript. And taken in that context, it represents a much-anticipated turning point.   In January 2009, I wrote in my… Read More Daryl’s Story: When God Calls

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, This Odd House the Book

Gutted, but Not Destroyed

“I tear down to rebuild. And through the process of pain, growth happens. I hate it, but it is good.” –Henry Cloud, How People Grow   I just watched a video montage of several buildings being demolished. Enormous structures of brick and concrete and steel. Exploding. Then imploding. Then crumbling to the ground. Some of… Read More Gutted, but Not Destroyed

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, This Odd House the Book

Say Something

I pray to you, O LORD, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Psalm 28:1 You’ve probably heard the song by the same title. Maybe you saw the moving performance on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Or… Read More Say Something

This Odd House the Book

When We Want

  OR “Sometimes the Adoption Process Can Feel Like This” “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed” (2 Corinthians 4:8). I grew up watching the Road Runner cartoons—the two-minute mini-episodes, in which the big-nosed, big-eared Wile E. Coyote obtains ridiculous gadgets from the mail-order company, the Acme Corporation. He uses these devices… Read More When We Want

Cerebral Palsy and Caregiving, This Odd House the Book

Moving in Mom and Dad

Just a couple of months after our first miscarriage, we had a second. And just a couple of weeks after that, in June of 2005, we had a call. Since my epiphany and the release of so much anger, my main method for dealing with grief was to throw myself into the renovation of our… Read More Moving in Mom and Dad

Infertility, Spiritual Growth, This Odd House the Book

(Pregnancy. Miscarriage.) Epiphany.

“Greenleaf’s Bull” by Jeffery Dale Starr. I call it my Epiphany. That early morning in April 2005 when I stood in front of the bathroom mirror. And the scales fell off. And I could see. We had only been in This Old McHenry House for one week when I discovered that I was pregnant for the… Read More (Pregnancy. Miscarriage.) Epiphany.

This Odd House the Book, Writing

What I Took Away & What Is to Come

Last week I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For three intense days, I basked in the wisdom and wit of writers/speakers such as Bret Lott, James McBride, Anne Lamott, Richard Foster, and Rachel Held Evans. I scribbled pages of notes on subjects like Writing as Lament,… Read More What I Took Away & What Is to Come

Spiritual Growth, This Odd House the Book

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its… Read More And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

This Odd House the Book

Tested by Fire

“Gold is tested by fire, people by God.” (a Chinese proverb) panic attack: an episode of intense fear that may occur as a reaction to a stressful event; specifically: one that is accompanied by four or more bodily or cognitive symptoms. I didn’t realize what was happening at the time. My entire body was quaking.… Read More Tested by Fire